1. Back Porch Grill for sunset any day- food is good and consistent (best suset spot)
2. Central Park- Great downtown locale easy level access nice views, easy parking, great food(best restaurant in Hot Springs) If dining inside after dark you will definitely agree the tacky flood lights they use for lighting are quite blinding and offensive, the food, service, and everything else make up for it. I know my dinner tabs would consist of a bottle wine purchase as opposed to a glass if the lights were dimmer..and that goes for most that imbibe I'm sure!
3. Joses Mexican Food- great Margarita patio. It quickly replaced On the Border for me. Joses is clean as opposed to the latter..
4. Salsa's- Good patio, crappy service and food, GREAT Margarita's(possibly the best in town- Don Juans is over, please do not bother me with "let's go to Don Juans" anymore! We have awesome authentic Mexican food in HS now!
5. Arlington Lanai any day. Also ask for a pool cup and take a stroll up to the 7th floor pool deck-trust me! AND do not forget to ask for a pool cup when ordering your cocktail.
6. One of the neatest patios in all of Hot Springs is currently being hogged by an awful restaurant downtown called..hmm..I had to phone a friend!! Rolondo's- sigh Slip in, head straight to the back of the restaurant to see this awesome area, then humbly bow out and go seek food,drink & service elsewhere. I have actually tried to go 6 times, yes six---they just can't pull it together. It is too hit and miss(mostly miss)
7. Best Sunday patio- Fishermans Wharf- hangover cure or just great Sunday spot, It is always the same- You are greeted by some high school tinnybopper likely texting whom adequately greets you, tells you the patio might be too cold and then carries out your wishes of getting you to the patio! The service is usually prompt and the food most always goodish. The drinks are equally goodish. The staff always has all of their teeth and it is clean & family friendly.
8. Brady Mountain Resort- Memorial day to Labor day, Lake Ouachita-truck stop waitresses, an occasional surprise to the norm, but rare. Country food that varies on quality since Ned Bass sold. Full bar-little wine-likely the same list I wrote 12 years ago when I worked for Glazer Distributors! HEY its lake Ouachita..its a holy spot!
9. Mountain Harbor-Im not even sure they have a patio, but when camping on an island in the middle of Ouachita, you need to know they have a breakfast buffet until 10:30!
10. Hamilton House is hands down the all time best spot in the state, but the new owner is CLUELESS when it comes to any form of restaurant operation, oh yeah, thats why the kitchen is closed and they just do room rentals in the bed & no breakfast! When the Smith's were to old to carry on their legacy of the Hamilton House it saddened me greatly. She was my restaurant inspiration, she just never realized it when I worked for her for a month or so years back.
LEAVING Hot Springs
11. Cafe Klaser.com Heber Springs- One of my favorite places in the state. Just go. Sit outside & just appreciate being. Get a chocolate truffle and a whole coconut creme pie to go. Stay a long time.
12. Pied Piper Eureka Springs- Its special. Fatima the owner is awesome. Her Dad owns Rogues Manor(i've never bothered) but Fatimas place is awesome. Last time I was there, she was on vacay and there was a for sale sign up, OPENED but for sale, I had a great time as always & her Reuben beats the hell out of Oaklawns any day.
13. Little Rock Cajun's Warf--back when she originally opened it in probably the 80's her slogan was "You don't need a yacht if you've got a big deck" She sold it to Landrys and later reconfiscated her great spot and reclaimed it as Cajuns Warf..2000-2001ish. She opened with a sassy billboard on Cantrell Rd. It had several shrimp lined up pointing to the restaurant and verbage "get your tails in here" I have met her once or twice. I love her.
14. Rev Room- It is an awesome hipster spot with all sorts of live music and probably one of the best bartenders in the state(besides me of course) He is short & beefy, blonde hair. Matt I think. A good bartender is RARE. The next one that comes to mind is in Dallas at the Melrose Hotel and her name is Kathleen.
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